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Hugo Rodallega has joined Fulham on a free transfer following the expiry of his Wigan Athletic contract.

The Colombian striker has signed a three-year deal at Craven Cottage to complete a move that had been widely trailed in recent weeks. The 26 year-old scored 27 goals in 117 appearances for Wigan, helping the Latics finish eleventh in 2009 and memorably scoring the goal that preserved their Premier League status at Stoke in May 2011.

Rodallega said: “I’m thrilled to have signed for Fulham Football Club. I wanted to stay in England and I’m delighted that I now have this opportunity with Fulham. I would like to thank the staff and fans of Wigan Athletic for three and a half wonderful seasons there. I’m looking forward to pre-season training with the rest of the Fulham squad and starting a new chapter in my career.”

Fulham boss Martin Jol added: “I am delighted that Hugo has decided to join Fulham. There has been a lot of interest in him from other top flight teams in England and abroad, so to be able to add his quality to our squad is a massive boost this early in our preparations for the new campaign. He is a great addition and I think he will contribute very well to our style and philosophy here.”